I believe the first two rallies in the video below are the best. You can skip over the first few seconds of introduction where pickleball is compared to ping pong and tennis – we know all that!
But watch the first singles match! Where did he get that energy? Well, it’s not impossible even if you are of advanced years. We do get used to conserving energy. Instead, the next times you play pickleball, commit yourself to getting behind every ball. Don’t just stand there and hope for the best. Don’t think you can just flex to reach the harder shots. Do some split-stepping. Move! You may find it tiring and hard at first, but with time, moving will be come easy and second-nature to you.
Early in the second rally, an Erne shot is performed as if routine. The rest of the rally is amazing also.
Also notice that at times, both teammates are very close to each other. They both know where the next ball will be aimed by watching their opponents’ body positions. This seems to run counter to the idea that teammates should always be approximately 6 – 8 feet (2 – 2.5 meters) apart.
The rest of the rallies in this video are about speed. It is fun to watch, and not that hard to learn. In warm-ups or general drilling, work on standing at the kitchen line, and rally with your opponent entirely airborne. Slowly bring up the speed and power over the course of weeks.
Don’t forget to wear eye protection.